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Today's News

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: It’s up to us to protect our water

    A public hearing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Roane County Courthouse General Sessions Courtroom, with regard to a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation permit for the TVA Kingston Fossil Fuel Plant.

    The permit would allow TVA to discharge cooling water, process wastewater and storm water runoff from the Kingston plant. TDEC staff will be collecting oral and written comments from the public. There will also be a question-and-answer session starting at 6.

  • GLIMPSES: We need statesmen, not politicians

    By MARK BANKER

    Popular myths about our founders to the contrary, ongoing efforts at tax reform in Washington affirm an old insight. The fundamental question has never been “will we pay taxes?”

    Instead on matters of taxation, “who pays?” and “who benefits?” have always been the fundamental questions.

    Politics and governing intertwine, but on this matter it is helpful to temporarily distinguish between the two and their purposes.

  • Bobcats having fun and showing off

    Oliver Spring Bobcat high school varsity teammates Mason Hill (14) and Blake Nation showcase some of their skills Wednesday afternoon at their team’s picture day.

  • Golf returns to Roane State

    A Roane State alumnus with fond memories of his days on the college’s golf team wants to make those experiences available to current students as well as those who enroll at Roane State in the future.

    Chris Griffin of Oak Ridge has volunteered to be the coach of a revived men’s golf squad and to also launch the college’s first-ever team of women golfers.

  • Catcher “catching” chance

    By Melissa Coley

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina has signed Oliver Spring’s four year starting catcher Kylie Richardson to play softball.

  • Lady Bobcats shutdown Tigers

    Slow and steady wins the race, or in this case the basketball game.

    After a slow start to the game, the Oliver Springs Middle Lady Bobcats beat Rockwood, 34-8, Thursday evening at the Rockwood Middle School Gym.

    In the first three minutes of the game, the iron was most unkind to Oliver Springs and the Lady Tigers. Shots just wouldn’t fall.

    Savannah Ray finally broke the stalemate with a hard-fought two points over the Rockwood defense.

  • ‘Cats and Tigers go to the wire

    The Rockwood Middle School boys edged Oliver Springs Thursday night, 51-49, thanks to a last second acrobatic shot Thursday evening at Rockwood Middle Gym.

    “We can’t put ourselves in that kind of situation,” Bobcat Coach Lance Jones said.

    “We’re not a very experienced team and we didn’t handle the press very well. We let them hang around when they shouldn’t have.

    “We’ll get back in the gym tomorrow and we’ll fix it.”

  • OS man accused of sending porn to teen

    An Oliver Springs man is accused of sending a pornographic video to a 13-year-old girl in October.

    Chester Phillips, 52, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

    Oliver Springs Police Officer John Carr investigated the incident.

    According to the warrant, Carr was notified about the pornographic video by the girl’s mother.

    After talking to the mother, Carr tracked down Phillips to speak with him about the allegations.

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  • GOING with the FLO: We must improve our military’s readiness

    By FLO CHARLES

    We must heed the warnings of retired Four-Star Gen. Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff, and U.S. Army and military analyst.